Originally Posted by WESTERNAERO
Lapua makes 30/06 brass that can be turned into some wonderful 280 brass for about
$20.00 a box of 20 if you reload .
I thought the 280 was about .050 longer than the 30/06 and for the ackley you had to use 280 brass to fireform. If this is not the case I will definatly be buying laupa 30/06 from now on.
The 30/06 is 2.494 and the 280 Ackley is 2.525 so the 30/06 brass is only .031 shorter than
the 280 AI (Not enough to effect anything).
The 270 Win is 2.540 just like the 280 REM but Lapua does not make brass for it so necking
it up would have no benefits.
If you buy 280 REM ammo you will have to trim the case 15 to 20 thousandths.
I am not sure why the 280 AI is shorter than the 280 REM (Parent case) unless Ackley
did not want to take a chance on the 270 being accidentally shot in the 280.
If your chamber reamer does not allow for the 2.540 neck length you may have to reload
new brass that has been trimmed to 2.515 (.010 under the SAAME length).
If your chamber is 2.494 you will have to buy the expensive ammo or load the Hornady
brass that is about twice as much as other brands and almost as much as the Lapua.
If I ordered a 280 AI reamer I would make sure that the overall case length was 2.540
so that I could use any 30/06 based brass and could fire 280 REM in it to fire form it.
I would still buy the Lapua 30/06 brass and trim and size it for fire forming for such a
fine wild cat like the 280 AI so that quality and brass life would be better than others.
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